I'm a newbie playing at Warlord level at the moment. I've seen several people here mention about going to war early. Why would you do that? Assuming the default conditions of continents and 6 civs as opponents, it seems unlikely that you could destroy them all, so what is the advantage? Room to expand? Capturing new cities to save making your own? What? If you're building military units, you're not building libraries, etc to increase your research, so aren't you risking falling behind in the tech race? I think I'm a pacifist builder at heart, so maybe I'm just not looking at it from the warmonger's POV. Your comments please.